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The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

The Distant Hours (2010)

by Kate Morton

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This was a very fast-paced gripping reading. Edie who is working in a bookshop and has difficult relationship with her mother starts to uncover not only her mother's teens but also the past of three old sisters. Her mother spent some time with these sisters during WWII when she was sent away from London. One of the sisters, Juniper, started a relationship with a teacher who was a soldier and promised her that he would visit her before going back to the front. She never saw him arriving and is still waiting for him. Edie discovers that there is a big secret around the life of the sisters and their family. It takes her a long time to reveal it because the sisters won't tell her everything stright away.
The end wasn't a great surprise but it is apt and the mother-daughter relationship is turning to a good end. ( )
  Ameise1 | Nov 21, 2015 |
Another great book by Kate Morton. Full of mystery and family secrets. Listened to this book on audio and the narrator, Caroline Lee was excellent. Loved it. ( )
  booklovers2 | Aug 21, 2015 |
An engrossing story, the author knows really knows how create a dark, gothic mystery that envelops the reader in the times and places of the characters. The ending may not satisfy but the general tale is fantastic. ( )
  charlie68 | Jun 8, 2015 |
A letter written decades ago but only just delivered starts Edie on a quest to unravel a mystery that has her digging into her mother’s long-buried past. She discovers that her mother was a refugee child during the war and resided at a castle with three young women and their reclusive writer father. A tragedy mars their past, and now the three spinster sisters have become secretive and withdrawn. Edie is determined to uncover the truth, but without causing further grief to her mother or to the sisters. A well written and descriptive novel, it won’t be long before you find yourself as deeply invested in the mystery as Edie is and just as eager to know the truth. A fascinating tale with complex characters in an intriguing plot – all the elements for a great story. ( )
  Maydacat | Jan 1, 2015 |
This is a classic Gothic Novel complete with a castle, a mystery and a clueless heroine - at least that is my description of a gothic novel!

Edie and her Mom, Meredith, have a tangled relationship. There are sections of Meredith's past life she refuses to share with Edie - and the strains of that taint everything. Then a letter arrives 50 years late, a letter from the end of WWII. It deeply affects Meredith - but she again refuses to let anyone in to that part of her life.

Edie, a co-publisher for a small literary company, finds herself lost in the edges of the English countryside and Milderhurst castle looms. Seeing the castle stirs an ancient memory of standing at the gates with her mother. But how could that be? When Edie asks her mum - she denies it.

That starts Edie on the quest to figure out what in the world is in her mom's past that so effects her. It seems to stem from Milderhurst castle and the old tale of the Mudman. On a historical tour she meets the three spinster sisters who inhabit the castle and is mistaken as her mother by one of the sisters.

And it is then that Morton begins the second tale of this book - one that slowly unravels the history of the sisters and the young girl, Meredith who they took care of during the Blitz. The reader finds out the secrets behind the withered women and their endless hold on the crumbling castle.

I really enjoyed this book. I love English novels and the depth of history woven into the stories. I also love the restraint of the characters - their hidden agendas and their commitment to peace and propriety. There is something refreshing, puzzling and foreign about that attitude. ( )
  kebets | Nov 1, 2014 |
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Milderhurst Castle is as enchanting to the reader as it is to Edie and her mother but the cast is rarely quite as absorbing because Meredith, Juniper and Thomas are sketchily drawn.
En romantisk thriller og etterlengtet tredjebok fra forfatteren av Tilbake til Riverton og Den glemte hagen.
Et brev postet i 1941 når endelig sin mottaker i 1992, med store ringvirkninger for forlagsdirektøren Edie Burchill fra London.
I det forfalne Milderhurst Slott bor det aldrende tvillingparet Pesephone og Seraphina sammen med deres yngre halvsøster, Juniper. De tre eksentriske ugifte kvinnene er døtre av Raymond Blyte, forfatteren av The True History of the Mud Man, en barnebokklassiker som Edie elsker.
Edie, som senere blir invitert til å skrive et forord i et opptrykk av Raymonds mesterverk, besøker det sjarmerende slottet på jakt etter svar.
Hvorfor ble moren hennes så knust av innholdet i et brev sendt 51 år tidligere? Og hva hendte med soldaten Thomas Cavill, Junipers lenge savnede forlovede og Merediths tidligere lærer? Svaret vil overraske leserne.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kate Mortonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ayers, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elisabet W. MiddelthonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kwan, LaywanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, CarolineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Möllemann, NorbertÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Middelthon, Elisabet W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hush. . . Can you hear him?
The Trees can.  They are the first to know that he is coming.
Listen! The trees of the deep, dark wood, shivering and jittering their leaves like papery hulls of beaten silver; the sly wind, snaking through their tops, whispering that soon it will begin.
The trees know, for they are old and they have seen it all before.
- "The True History of the Mud Man, Chapter 1"
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Edie Burchill, an only child of respectable if dull parents, suddenly finds her life upside down when she receives a letter that should have been delivered fifty years earlier. This letter will send her on a journey into the past and the secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst. Edie and her mother have never been close, but when the long lost letter arrives with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother's emotional distance masks an old secret. Evacuated from London as a thirteen year old girl, Edie's mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Millderhurst Castle with the Blythe family. Fifty years later, Edie too is drawn to Milderhurst and the eccentric Sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiance in 1941 plunged her into madness. Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother's past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst Castle, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it...
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Edie discovers
Buried family secrets,
Mysteries galore.

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A long-lost letter arriving at its destination fifty years after it was sent lures Edie Burchill to crumbling Milderhurst Castle, home of the three elderly Blythe sisters, where Edie's mother was sent to stay as a teenager during World War II.

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